A double-date mismatch steered Vivian Corelli to her future husband, Vincent. She had been paired with his friend, he with her sister. Dates were switched, and both couples ended up marrying.
Corelli, a longtime beautician and church choir member, died of kidney failure in her Mastic home Aug. 13. She was 78.
Born Vivian Torrachi in Brooklyn on May 9, 1935, she graduated in 1952 from the now closed Sarah J. Hale High School in Brooklyn. She graduated from beauty school in 1954, her family said.
Vivian and Vincent Corelli, who married in 1953, remained friends with the other mismatched couple for their entire lives.
"We were all very close," said her sister Antoinette D'Andrea, of Lindenhurst.
The couple moved to Mastic that same year, and Corelli opened a beauty parlor in the bottom floor of their home. She had about 15 consistent clients, as well as other occasional customers, for the next 50 years, her family said.
"She loved entertaining is what it is," said Christa Corelli, a granddaughter, of Mastic. "She was the kind of person who wanted to be on her feet. She always wanted to do for everyone."
Though Corelli retired around 2003, she still made time for a few loyal clients. After moving into an apartment about five years ago, a best friend -- and client -- bought her a beauty parlor sink, which Corelli installed in a bathroom so she could continue doing her friend's hair.
On another occasion, one of Corelli's friends had her grandson pick Corelli up and drive her to the nursing home where the friend lived for a hair appointment.
Corelli, who loved to sing, had been a member of the choir at St. Jude Roman Catholic Church in Mastic Beach for about 40 years -- until about four months before her death, her family said.
"She loved music," Christa Corelli said. "In her older years, we'd watch 'The Voice' on TV, 'America's Got Talent.' We had to get her a CD player."
In addition to Christa and Antoinette, Corelli is survived by three sons, Freddy Corelli of Bellport, Imerio Corelli of Spring Hill, Fla., and Thomas Corelli of Mastic; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent, in 2004; and an infant son, Vincent Jr., in 1957.
A funeral Mass was offered Aug. 17 at St. Jude Roman Catholic Church in Mastic Beach. Burial was at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale.